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The Open Face Sandwich.

I've by and large given up doing publicity-posts for every journal I'm published in (because, well, I'm in a lot of journals, and friends don't try to make friends purchase a bunch of shitty lit mags just because one of their special snowflake poems appears on page 72).

This journal, however, deserves special note. Not because I'm in it, but because it's new, it's different, it's beautiful, and it ROCKS, and I want everybody to know it. It's called The Open Face Sandwich and I just got my contributor's copies of the first issue. I was immediately taken in by the lovely design, but then I noticed there were postcards of photos of dead squirrels falling out of it, and book marks, and there were all these haunting centerfolds of dead animals, and then I started reading this long notebook paper reproduction of a handwritten kid's journal from 1992 called "my Gernll!!!!!!!!!!!!" and then I read this amazing essay by Ariana Reines (whose new book The Cow I'm currently reviewing for CutBank) which starts out "I only saw my dad's dick once," and then I started reading this thing called "Ballerina Blunders & a Few Male Danseurs" which outlines every important misstep, embarrassing moment, and faux pas in the history of ballet, and and and.... (!)

So yeah, it seems like every new journal purports to bring its readers writing that's "beyond the pale" or "without borders" or "an eclectic mix of recipes, found objects, translations of translations & bastard-hybrid-belles-lettres-of-all-creeds." Admirable, I guess, but total bullshit. Most of these magazines either get a little whackity-schmackity-DON'T (e.g. The Power Rangers Meet the Lone Ranger: A Tragedy), or they're more dry and staid than POETRY on a bad day--the main difference being that the latter at least manages to evoke some passion and sense of skill as opposed to the ball-shaving, disaffected "efforts" of most of my Po-po-schmo poetical generation.

Anyway, OFS manages to not only avoid these pitfalls but actually genuinely delight and entertain, and look good doing it! Do go buy one. Then, if you're a writer of the strange variety, submit something. They accept e-mail submissions, which I love. If you live in Ann Arbor I'll give you a free copy; they're one of those rare breeds of journals that's both *good* AND sends you, like, twelve copies.

Hooray for a print lit journal I'm not embarrassed to leave on the back of my toilet!



The Open Face Sandwich

that sounds like the title of a porn movie.
you realize that by sending your good poems to unreadable magazines and journals, you are in fact NOT a part of the solution?

but this place looks good, and they pass my two dealbreaker submissions policys, so they will be given the opportunity to reject my latest unpublishable darlings.
The Power Rangers Meet the Lone Ranger: A Tragedy


I want to read this now. :/


NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya

[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)